Hello there. Monique Balvert-O’Connor is my name and writing is my trade. I am a freelance writer with a background in newspaper journalism. I also assist with public relations at leading marketing company Metro Marketing.

My professional writing experience spans more than 25 years, covering a broad variety of issues for leading New Zealand magazines and newspapers. I pen newsletters, press releases, blogs, and web content for a range of businesses and individuals as well as the words for interpretative signs. I also have media liaison experience – I know how the media works, hence deliver what the media wants.

The publications I have had work published in over recent years include:

  • NZ House and Garden magazine
  • Your Home and Garden magazine
  • Readers Digest
  • North and South magazine
  • Nadia magazine
  • Next Magazine
  • NZ Gardener
  • NZ Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly

I have a diverse client base that includes: Waikato River Trails, Bay of Plenty Education Trust and Team Local.

My university years resulted in an MA(hons) degree and a diploma in journalism.

I believe I must have been a wise 21-year-old. Choosing a writing-based career back then is a decision I have never regretted – I remain passionate and engaged and feel it is a privilege to hear and share the stories of others.